The early church 2
'At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.' Acts 9:20 NIV
In Acts 8, we're told: 'Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison' (Acts 8:3 NIV). But Jesus appeared to him on his way to Damascus, and he became a believer, and was renamed 'Paul'. In fact, 'he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God' (Acts 9:20 NIV). Paul was then instrumental in the spread of the early church. Many of the New Testament letters are written by him and he endured huge persecution and suffering for his faith. But he stayed strong. In one of his letters he said: 'Part of my work is to suffer for you; and I am glad, for I am helping to finish up the remainder of Christ's sufferings for his body, the Church' (Colossians 1:24 TLB).
We might feel like the least likely person to make changes, share our faith with others or do something for God's Kingdom. But we can, like Paul did. Like Paul, no matter how far from God's path we've walked, we can always be used by him.
When we're working for God's Kingdom, we may experience resistance, from people or even ourselves. The enemy doesn't like the fact we're making Kingdom advances. The question is, will we be like Paul and rejoice in our sufferings? Or will we allow pushback to stop our Kingdom work?
So what now? When you face tough times as you do Kingdom work, stay strong, and praise and thank God for his faithfulness.
Soulfood: Acts 3:11-25 Acts 4 Acts 5:1-42 Matt 8:10-17 Ps 109:16-31 Pro 15:23-26,